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Title: High-risk sexual behaviour among HIV-negative MSM in England : behavioural data to inform HIV prevention
Author: Desai, Sarika Rajendra
ISNI:       0000 0004 7660 4476
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis would not have been possible without Fiona Burns and Anthony Nardone, my two main supervisors. They have been there every step of the way, always patient and always ready to read another draft of the thesis chapters. I have learnt so much from them. They have contributed hours of reading and somehow managed to always come back with constructive and supportive feedback. I also cannot thank them enough for their moral support. They have understood the challenges associated with meeting the demands of the PhD and raising a young family and have helped me get through those moments where it all felt too challenging. I would also like to thank Graham Hart and Noel Gill, my other supervisors. They have both been there to ask the right questions including the "so what?" question, to challenge me and ensure the PhD was on the right track. Their combined guidance and oversight has been invaluable to this thesis. It has been a pleasure to work with them. I would like to thank all of my collaborators and colleagues for their insights and contributions over the years. It has been my privilege to work with all these individuals and teams both within UCL and Public Health England but also those beyond. The HIV team have been patient with my part-time working arrangements while the GUMCAD team have had to endure endless questions about the surveillance system. I also want to thank those who participated in the behavioural study. It was not an easy endeavour but thank you for being enthusiastic and persevering. Special thanks go to Menelaos Pavlou for his support and patience with all my questions about risk predictions models. Thanks also go to Carina and Maryam for the joint efforts in the SANTE project and to Maryam for sharing her knowledge of the viva. It has also been a pleasure to share the PhD journey with Sarah, Ellie, Ibi, Jess, Vicky, Meaghan, Sara, Adamma and David. Your inputs and support have enriched my PhD experience! Thank you. I would like to thank my family and friends who have been brilliant with their encouragements, and sometimes much required pep talks. I especially want to thank my family for being there and ungrudgingly providing child care when the PhD took over my life. And finally, to Anil: you have been unwavering, patient and supportive beyond what words can describe. Thank you for taking charge at bath- and bedtimes and keeping me supplied with food and drink. I am grateful (and probably quite a lucky girl!) that you have been by my side through this journey.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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